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The Orange Board of Education
The primary roles of the Board are to formulate goals that will advance its educational philosophy, as well as to establish policies that provide a blueprint for the school administration to follow. In addition, the Board:
- Develops and approves curriculum;
- Works collaboratively with the Superintendent and Business Administrator to set forth and approve an annual spending plan;
- Selects, supports, and evaluates the Superintendent of Schools;
- Acts as a hearing panel on such issues as termination and expulsion;
- Builds public support and understanding of public education;
- Keeps informed about the impact of state and federal legislation as it impacts local decision making.
The Board is organized into standing committees. The Board Chairperson serves as an ex-officio member of each Board Committee. The six standing committees are:
- Buildings and Grounds
- Long Range Planning
- Health & Welfare
- Schools of the 21st Century/Food Services
- School Security
Committee meeting agendas are posted at the Town Hall, Board of Education office, each school, and always on this website. Meeting minutes are posted at the Board of Education Office and, here, on the district's website.
The Board of Education abides by policies and administrative regulations that comprise a comprehensive Policy Manual. The policies and regulations are updated regularly and provide guidance and direction so members are able to make informed decisions. Our improved web access to Board Policy makes the review and printing of specific policies a user-friendly process.
Regular Board Meetings
The Board meets once each month, usually on the second Monday, beginning at 7:30 p.m., to hear public comments and conduct business. Regular meetings are most often held in the upstairs Conference Room at the Board of Education Office. One regular meeting is dedicated to each of the four elementary schools. The schedule of the regular meetings, agendas, and minutes are posted on the website.
The meetings are conducted under Robert’s Rules of Order. Meetings are recorded and replayed on Channel 79, Orange Government Access Television (OGAT). Additional special meetings may be scheduled as needed. They are posted in the office of the Town Clerk at least 24 hours prior to the meeting.
Persons attending the meeting may offer objective comments to the Board concerning subjects that lie within its jurisdiction, i.e. school operations and programs. Each speaker must begin by identifying him/herself by name and address. Comments will be limited to two (2) minutes per speaker. The Board encourages speakers not to express personal complaints about Orange Board of Education or personnel associated with the Orange Public Schools. Comments about security, matters related to due process, negotiations, or grievances will not be permitted. Consistent with the principles of the Federal Education Right to Privacy Act (FERPA), discussions about students are prohibited without a written parent waiver. Questions which can be answered during the meeting may be answered at the option of the Board. Inquiries which may require analysis/investigations will, at the option of the Board, be answered at a future specified time.
Persons who wish to express an opinion on an issue but cannot attend the meeting may write to the Board Chairperson in care of the Board of Education, 637 Orange Center Road, Orange, CT 06477. Communications are distributed to all Board members and summarized at the next BOE meeting during the 'correspondence' portion of the meeting.